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. president obama speaking at the event, praising mandela for changing the world. >> the world thanks you for sharing nelson mandela with us. his struggle was your struggle. his try up was your triumph. your dignity and your hope found expression in his life and your freedom, your democracy is his legacy. bill: greg palkot, streaming live in johannesburg, south africa. what impressed and what did people tell you impressed them, today? >> reporter: we were there. we can confirm it was cold, it was wet but it was also moving. it was described as the biggest -- [inaudible] tens of thousands of south africans marking the passing of -- bill: all right. our apologies to our viewers at home. that is really unfortunate. this is part of videotape that was rolling a bit earlier today when most of us were sleeping in the u.s., they were celebrating life of an ma, while he lived one heck of a life in south africa and president's words earlier today. also there was a moment that a lot of people frankly will be talking about. we'll talk about that a bit later this morning. that was a handshake that
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
past and present on their way to south africa. tomorrow's lamoille service with nelson mandela. president obama, former president george w. bush, jimmy carter, they also plan to attend. a foreign affairs correspondent joins us now in johannesburg, south africa. so the preparations are underway >> it's remarkable. the world is coming together to south africa and that is what a spokesman for the government said today. we have been watching as the dignitaries arrived in this is the former and final home with nelson mandela. as you can imagine, south africa security is gearing up. 11,000 troops and police have been deployed in over 70 heads of state are coming to this country. president obama, 26 congressmen, adding friends and those from around the world. prince charles all the way to raul castro. they will all be there in johannesburg, not far from the neighborhood where nelson mandela spent so much of his life. tens of thousands of dignitaries and the range of people that will be there at that event and elsewhere, telling us just how huge the reach of this man was. heather: than
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maccallum. a remarkable man and a remarkable life that he led. president obama here at home has ordered flags at the white house to be lowered in tribute. nelson mandela could have been bitter after spending 27 years in prison among the worst conditions imaginable. instead of revenge, when he was released he sought reconciliation. he became south africa's first democratically elected and first black president and forge ad legacy of forgiveness and unit. bill: we learned moments ago, mandela's national funeral will take place december 15th, nine days from now. greg palkot leading coverage. greg, you were in south africa six months ago. how are people reacting there? >> reporter: that's right, bill. we were outside the pretoria hospital whereenelson mandela laid gravely ill couple months ago. we saw the outpouring. the scenes we're looking at now from south africa is just the beginning. it will continue. crowds are gathering outside of the johannesburg house where mandela spent last troubling weeks and months. they're marking the passing of the person they can the father of their country.